Posted: 03.13.2013 at 4:48 AM
New law means more people on sex offender registry
"The bill signed Tuesday will require people convicted of a single Tier I offense for some crimes involving minors to be placed on the online registry.
LANSING (AP) -- More people will be added to Michigan's public sex offender registry under a bill signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
The bill signed Tuesday will require people convicted of a single Tier I offense for some crimes involving minors to be placed on the online registry. Offenses that qualify include possessing child pornography and surveillance of a minor.
Republican Sen. Rick Jones is the bill's sponsor. He says it will add about 250 people to the public registry.
People convicted of such crimes must already register with the state, but their information is made available only to police. Currently only people convicted of Tier II and III offenses are placed on the public registry."
"This is appalling, but very normal for some legislator posturing for their
next political office at the expense of our registrant families.
There are well over three quarter of a million (751,138) men, women and
children required to register for offenses such as urinating in public,
streaking, incest, exposure, rape, false accusations by a soon-to-be
ex-wife, angry ex-girlfriend, accusations after a party where there was
heavy drinking, or a spiteful student, viewing suggestive or abusive
images of a person underage (16 in some states and 18 in others),
solicitation, prostitution, endangering the welfare of a child and many
other "offenses" resulting in a registry not being used as intended and
that was to manage and track the most violent repeat offenders.
Our organization, Women Against Registry, advocates for the families of
these folks who have been adjudicated, paid their debt to society and
are living a law-abiding life. But, these families are subjected to
harassment, beatings, vehicles damaged, signs placed in their yards,
being asked to leave their church, organizations, flyers distributed in
the community and even being murdered all because they are trying to
help someone reintegrate into society."